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Be Cool (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 4 March 2005 (USA)
Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music executive on the way.

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Streetwise mobster-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer is back, but this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It's a dangerous business, and everyone's looking for their next big hit. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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4 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Tómalo con calma  »

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$53,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,450,212 (USA) (4 March 2005)

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$55,808,744 (USA) (22 April 2005)
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Trivia

Footage for a concert scene featuring Aerosmith and Christina Milian was filmed at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on 24 June 2004. See more »

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Linda and Steven Tyler appear on stage for their song. In the first shot she's behind him to his right. In the next shot she's moved behind him to his left, may be a flip. See more »

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[first lines]
Chili Palmer: I hate sequels.
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In the closing credits, the various cast members are seen dancing, even the Russian "corpse". See more »

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Featured in Be Cool: Close-Up - Cedric the Entertainer (2005) See more »

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Travel Russia #2
Written by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten KODA)
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Under License from OGM Production Music
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Acting Cool
2 August 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

We are born into the doom of being actors. If we are lucky we discover who we are but until then we go through a process of acting a role.

Some movies play with this idea, and "Get Shorty" was one of the most clever of these.

It had two elements: that notion of acting cool and the explicit self-reference of putting it in movies, complete with the command to "look at me."

Behind it was one of the coolest thinkers in cinema, Danny Devito who is a kind of patron saint of self-reference. He who made a film based on "Pale Fire" and whose "Death to Smoochy" is a pinnacle of sorts of introspective writing.

Now comes this, which starts out okay, along the same lines of heavy self-reference until we learn that Devito is to star in a biopic of Johnny Cash.

Then the grind of the inferior mind behind it begins.

Seems they had some idea that Uma Thurman fit into an intelligent enterprise somewhere.

Nope, none of the few things she can do fit into self-reference or folding in any way.

Seems they decided that a mere reference to performance wasn't enough, we had to have the whole pretty-girl-overcomes-adversity thing complete with several performances.

Nope, again.

And they figured that all the cool identity stuff would be carried by a white guy acting black and a black guy acting white.

Nope, nope , nope.

Go watch any Devito-inspired project rather than this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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